Congratulations Prime Minister Modi, ensure an inclusive India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party BJP has won a landslide victory in the world's largest election as voters endorsed his vision of a muscular, assertive and an essentially Hindu India. No Indian prime minister has returned to power with a similar mandate in nearly five decades. However, despite much scepticism and doubt regarding Mr Modi's Hindu centric agenda, he has also promised to lead the way forward to build an inclusive India. We hope that he would keep his promise.
The truth, however, India being our biggest next-door neighbour and an historical ally involuntarily influences us economically, socially, culturally and politically. And the Indian general elections determine the future political camaraderie of the two countries.
Apart from delivering results at home, we expect the re-elected Indian PM to focus on the region, and particularly on the bilateral ties between Bangladesh and India. Apparently it may seem more than just warm, but in reality it's increasingly turning into a one-sided-affair. Under Modi's renewed leadership, we expect our Indian counterparts to prove their sincerity and commitment in realising unfulfilled dreams and our fair demands of a number of unsettled issues. Moreover, normalising relations with Pakistan and his regional geopolitical strategies will matter a lot in terms of maintaining regional peace, prosperity and stability.
Also the question now is how Mr Modi will utilise his renewed--and strengthened mandate will be anxiously followed by the Muslim minority in that country. It's not only in India, the world is not in need of another national populist leader who pursues a pro-business agenda while trading in fake news and treating minorities as second-class citizens, and we expect Mr Modi to act on these contentious issues. Perhaps the most extra-ordinary feature of the recently ended Indian polls: Fights over symbolic aspects of identity need to be replaced by political competition over how to benefit all Indians.
In concluding words, gaining the trust of all citizens will be a necessary prerequisite for Mr Modi to drive his country's continuing journey to become a global leader. It is only reasonable that the government and the Prime Minister be asked to live up to the promise they continuously make "sabka saath, sabka vikas" (with all, development for all).
We on behalf of millions of Bangladeshis look forward to witness Mr Modi's second term to be more inclusive than the first, which was marred by arrogant pride and detestable prejudice.